Americas Grow a Row Inc
Rating: 5 stars 48 48 reviews 2,437
150 Pittstown Rd Pittstown NJ 08867 USA
America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. At America’s Grow-a-Row we: • Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need • Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help • Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating • Cultivate tomorrow’s leaders to give back • Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture
We have delivered over 4 million pounds of free fresh produce (16 million servings) since 2002 to those suffering from hunger in NJ. Our goal for 2015 is to donate 1.2 million pounds – or 4.8 million servings – of fresh produce to those in need, to educate 4,000 volunteers at our farm and 2,250 students through our off-the-field lessons, to run 100 Free Farm Markets in impoverished New Jersey cities, and to host 750 children at our farm for Growing Healthy Kids Farm Days.
feed those in need free fresh produce
Direct beneficiaries per year:
150,000 people facing hunger
Geographic areas served:
Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need; Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help; Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating; Cultivate tomorrow’s leaders to give back; Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture
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My family and I have been volunteers for America's Grow-A-Row since 2005. There are so many wonderful things about this organization—it is one of the few where families can volunteer together. I think back to the first night we picked corn in the sweltering heat, with dirt all over us, so amazed that our group had picked over 7000 pounds of corn in two hours and it would make it to those in need the very next day! It was a wonderful, yet humbling experience. I know my daughters looked at the world a little differently after that experience…We have been blessed to see AGAR grow over the years and touch so many lives…My wife wanted to get more involved so she has been the Gleaning Coordinator for a local grocery store since 2008. It was such a simple yet powerful idea—think of all the "not quite for retail" produce that gets thrown out each day in grocery stores. We have volunteers who pick up fresh produce on a daily basis that might not look good in a fruit bowl, but would make an excellent apple pie or tomato sauce. When she first started, the employees of the store told her how happy they were that the fruits and vegetables were not going to waste. To be able to provide fresh produce to those who cannot afford it or don't have easy access to it, is a wonderful feeling.
I have picked up literally carloads of fresh produce to deliver to urban farm markets and/or to the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown. The kindness and concern of the people supplying the food to be loaded into my car is matched only by the incredible volume of what is being given and the freshness of the produce. To arrive at an urban farm market and deliver huge burlap bags of corn so fresh it smells like "GREEN! SUMMER!", crates of squash, plums, tomatoes ...it fills you with a feeling of all that is right in the world. No preservatives. No cans. No chemical ingredients. Just farm fresh food, brought to you by the people of Americas Grow A Row. With love and respect and good wishes. God! I love these people!
I have had the outstandingprivilege of working with almost every person from this organization. These are dedicated and genuine people. They have inspired me and the teams that I have brought from The Cheesecake Factory. Each of us has left the farm spreading the good word and the positivity around America's Grow A Row. Nothing beats giving back and this group of ladies and gentlemen facilitate an amazing chance for each individual and each group to reap the amazing benefit of charity work. We will always return to support this great cause.
I have volunteered with AGAR a few times, harvesting crops at their farms. Helping them to get fresh produce to those whose needs weren't being met in an important part of healthy nutrition. I’m passionate about good nutrition for better health and it’s wonderful to see an organization address this unmet need successfully. AGAR is a well-run non-profit; the staff is energetic, informative and fun to partner with. Each experience is more rewarding and I walk away feeling I've made a very real impact helping others.
I have served on the boards of several non profit organizations over my years in business. I can honestly say that Americas Grow A Row is the best run non profit I and my husband have ever encountered. The organization is run with discipline and efficiency as well as with heart. The workings of this organization are totally transparent and decisions are made with integrity. Fund raising and grant seeking are accomplished "the Grow A Row way" which is always fact based and respectful of the many supporters and volunteers. This organization not only grows, harvests, gleans and gives away fresh produce to those in need, but also educates children and families about the benefits of eating healthy food. And much of this work is done with thousands of volunteers. This is a great nonprofit!
I have volunteered with America's Grow a Row on multiple occasions -- planting and harvesting at their farms, helping to distribute produce at their free farm markets, and participating in numerous social fundraising events. Each and every experience with AGAR has been overwhelmingly positive and rewarding. AGAR's mission and focus is consistently clear and every time I have volunteered with them, I have always felt I was helping them serve their purpose.
I am co-chair of the grants committee of a woman's philanthropic organization called Impact New Jersey 100. We awarded American Grow A Row and the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown a $100,000 grant to collaborate in feeding those in need. We could not be more proud of our selection. They do a superb job of gathering the community to plant and harvest the vegetables and to creatively distribute to those in the the community. Thank you for this opportunity to applaud their efforts
TeamWalker Loves Chip and the good people at Grow-a-Row. Every Saturday morning volunteers drive from the Country in Western New Jersey to the Inner City in Jersey City, New Jersey to kindly help us hand out FREE Fresh Produce to the Community. We serve over two hundred people every Saturday. I have pics wish could post.
Thank You to Everyone at Grow-a-Row!!!!!!!!!
Grow a Row is a great community organization that really cares about the residents of New Jersey regardless of where they may reside. Our low income families in Jersey City greatly appreciate the fresh fruits and vegetables which are always served with a smile.
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I believe that freshly picked fruits and vegetables are foods that everyone should have access to, no matter where you live or how much money you have. The fact that America's Grow-a-Row delivers them to food pantries and free farmers markets and offers them at no cost is amazing! So many people are benefitting from this organization. I just feel like I'm overflowing with joy whenever I help pick and distribute the produce.
We've had the true pleasure of supporting America's Grow-a-Row since nearly inception. The passion, commitment and dedication of the staff to help address the plight of hunger in New Jersey has not gone unnoticed. Each year they strengthen their programs and grow their capacity to do more. A financial investment is an investment in the long-term success of America's Grow-a-Row. This coupled with an investment of time and talent will help aid in fighting the battle against poverty and hunger.